Shah Meer Baloch Bags Kurt Schork Freelance Award

Pakistani journalist, Shah Meer Baloch has won the Kurt Schork Freelance Award for his documentation and reporting on conflict, corruption and injustice.

Shah Meer Baloch, a Pakistani freelance journalist/ reporter has won the prestigious Kurt Schork Freelance Award for his work covering stories of child labour, the Kalahsas, systematic negligence in the national polio vaccination programme, and slave mining.

Thomson Reuters Foundation announced the three winners of the Kurt Schork Freelance Award, with Pakistan’s very own Shah Meer Baloch being among the lucky ones being honoured. The award honours brave, and often underrated journalists for their reporting and documentation on conflict, corruption and injustice. The award comes with a prize of $5,000.

The judges admired Shah Meer Baloch’s efforts and courage to report the sensitive issues he has continually shed light on. “The high degree of personal risk involved in tackling such stories in Pakistan cannot be understated”. They believe he has demonstrated “admirable moral determination” in bringing these stories to light.

Shah Meer Baloch has graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a major in Media and Communications. He currently covers Pakistan for The Guardian.

“Indeed Pakistan is a haven for stories. I aspire to keep reporting out of Pakistan,” the winner stated.

The other two winners were Nigerian journalist Fisayo Soyombo, who won the local reporter award and Syrian journalist Kamiran Sadoun won the news fixer award.

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